Reports of private hire sexual assaults

Mark Wilding made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Avon and Somerset Constabulary as part of a batch sent to 12 authorities

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Please provide the following information for each financial year from 2015/16 to 2017/18:

The number of reports of sexual assault or rape in which the suspect was reported to be a taxi / private hire driver.

The number of reports of sexual assault or rape in which the suspect was reported to be a driver working for the private hire operator Uber.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

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Corporate Communications Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

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Mr Mark Wilding Our Reference 676/18

[FOI #485660 email] Date 13 June 2018

 

 

Dear Mr Wilding

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 17^th May
2018 under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

 

Please provide the following information for each financial year from
2015/16 to 2017/18:

 

The number of reports of sexual assault or rape in which the suspect was
reported to be a taxi / private hire driver.

 

The number of reports of sexual assault or rape in which the suspect was
reported to be a driver working for the private hire operator Uber.

 

 

Our response:

 

Your request has been considered and I regret to advise you that your
request is refused because we estimate that the cost of retrieving the
requested information would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is
currently set at £450 or 18 staff hours work.  This letter represents a
Refusal Notice under the Act.

 

Due to a change in our recording system we are no longer able to search
for crimes based on the occupation of the alleged offender. A review of
all reports of sexual offences would need to be reviewed to establish if
the offender had been mentioned as a taxi driver at any point in the
enquiry. It is estimated it would take significantly longer than 18 hours
to comply.

 

It is possible to carry out a text search for the terms minicab’, ‘private
hire’, ‘uber’ or ‘taxi driver.’ The search would be carried out of the
MO/offence summary for all reports of sexual assault inclusive of rape.
However this would not provide an accurate response for your request as
the response would include all offences which mention  these terms in any
context e.g. where an individual used an uber/mini-cab to get home before
an alleged assault occurred, or where a taxi driver stopped to assist an
individual following an assault.

 

However, if you would find this text search beneficial you may wish to
re-submit your request asking for this specific text search to be carried
out.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Hill

Deputy Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Communications Department

 

 

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